'Glass' Review: The Unexpected Trilogy

Updated on April 22, 2019

Glass is directed by M. Night Shyamalan with returning characters of Bruce Willis as David Dunn, James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price. The film follows the three characters in a mental institution as a psychiatrist works to convince them that they do not have super powers.

I grew up on Unbreakable. Anytime that movie was on T.V., my dad would drop everything to watch it. Unbreakable is the reason why I love the superhero genre, and it isn't a highly explosive superhero movie we have come to know today. It was the slow burn with David Dunn in conflict with his powers that I fell in love with. When Split was released and Shyamalan tied in Unbreakable in the last ten seconds, my hype for a third installment blew through the roof. I had high expectations with this film and Shyamalan delivered! This film follows the same format as Unbreakable with the slow burn aspect.

James McAvoy is flawless once again as Kevin Wendell Crumb. This guy is perfect in his role. Watching him switch between personalities on the spot is the best thing about this film. It feels as if McAvoy gets lost in his character and the personalities take over him.

Samuel L. Jackson is great in the film also, although his character does not speak until an hour into the film. Once he becomes a more prominent character, the film really takes off for me. His interactions with McAvoy brings something to the film that was not there before. Watching Mr. Glass devise a plan like a real villain and recruit the beast to help brought the super hero aspect to life.

Where the film kind of lost me was with Bruce Willis as David Dunn. I loved the first act that explained what Dunn has been up to since Unbreakable and his quest to find the bad people lurking in the streets with the help from his son. Once he gets locked up in the mental institution with Crumb and Glass, his character gets lost in the crowd. He does not have many speaking lines and there is no character development for him. He seems like he is just there.

The film itself is amazing. I loved the different color schemes for each of the three characters. I loved how instead of Mr. Glass trying to convince Dunn that he has powers, as he did in Unbreakable, there is a psychiatrist who tells him he does not have these powers. There is conflict in Dunn and Crumb that makes them question if they have powers or if they are crazy. This brought conflict that makes the characters have to make a decision on if they are going to believe in themselves or not. Because Glass is so confident in heroes being real this brings to life the hero vs villain aspect in the superhero genre.

As a fan of Shyamalan, I deeply enjoyed this film. It contains many of Shyamalan's quirky, goofy, and weird traits that is found in his films. The big let down in this film is his famous twists. The twist in this film isn't very climatic, but then again, I don't think it really needs to be. As a whole, I very much liked this film and would recommend it to any Shyamalan fan.


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